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Pokemon Sword and Shield complete guide and walkthrough to become the Champion of Galar

Hammerlocke Gym

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Enter the gym and prepare your team, because this is the Dragon-type gym, although it's not exclusively Dragon Pokemon. As you can see from the list of trainers below, half the Pokemon you come up against aren't Dragon-type, so plan your party accordingly.

There's no special mission to complete here, each battle is simply a duo battle instead of a solo one. So you'll have two Pokemon in play at any one time; be wary of this when relying on moves like Earthquake.

Gym Trainer Sebastian (Duo)

PokemonLevelType
Pelipper45Water/Flying
Sliggoo45Dragon

Gym Trainer Camilla

PokemonLevelType
Ninetales45Fire
Turtonator45Fire/Dragon

Gym Trainer Aria

PokemonLevelType
Abomasnow45Grass/Ice
Hakamo-o45Dragon/Fighting

Gym Leader Raihan

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While Raihan is meant to be a Dragon-type master, as you can see from the three previous battles, that isn't as strict as other gyms. Gigalith is just Rock-type, while Sandaconda is only Ground-type. As such, you'd do well with a Water and/or Grass-type to support some Dragon-types in your party. When Raihan uses Duraludon, make sure you're reviving constantly because it deals some serious damage when Gigantamaxed.

PokemonLevelType
Gigalith46Rock
Flygon47Ground/Dragon
Sandaconda46Ground
Duraludon48Steel/Dragon

After you defeat Raihan, head to the Hammerlocke train station and take the train up to Wyndon.

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